Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 2/7/13
MINNEAPOLIS Derrick Williams saw it on tape. After last season, when he sat down and played back those games starting in February, around the All-Star Break, it was there. He'll admit to such now, a year out, now that the whole thing is behind him. It, in this instance, is the rookie wall, the vague notion that seems to be on the tip of everyone's tongues this time of year. It's the idea that these first-year players, coming off 35- or 40-game college seasons or even shorter European ones, are going to crash, with too many games in too few nights finally catching up to them. We're more than halfway through the NBA season, nearly at the All-Star break, when the talented rookies will get a trip to Houston and the lucky ones a week off, and it's time for those first-year players to start flagging. At least, that's what those searching for evidence of the wall will say. They'll look to every game for signs. When Damian Lillard shoots 27 percent, as the Trail Blazers point guard did Ja...
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